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Trina Parks — Dunham Stellar

Trina Parks — Dunham Stellar

Trina Parks Vocalist | Actor | Principal Dancer | Dunham Technique Trina Parks was born on (December 26) in Brooklyn, New York. Her father Charles Frazier, was a renowned tenor saxophonist with Cab Calloway’s orchestra. Parks majored in modern dance at the New York High School of Performing Arts. She also studied with Katherine Dunham […]

Institute for Dunham Technique Certification

Institute for Dunham Technique Certification

Institute for Dunham Technique Certification (Pictured in Photo:  Certification Candidate Michelle Gibson lives in Irving,Texas. Originally from New Orleans, she relocated to Texas after Katrina.  Photo Credit: Patricia Wilson)   The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification attracted people from around the world.  From July 6-11, 2014 IDTC held its 20th certification Workshop at the beautiful […]

Nuit Du Bazin (Berkeley, CA)

Nuit Du Bazin (Berkeley, CA)

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Ashkenaz Music & Dance Center | 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

James Hawthorne (“Chief”) Bey

James Hawthorne (“Chief”) Bey

    James Hawthorne (“Chief”) Bey April 17, 1913 – April 8, 2004 James Hawthorne Bey was an American jazz percussionist and African folklorist. He played under the name of Chief Bey. Born in Yemassee, South Carolina, Bey moved with his family to Brooklyn and then to Harlem, where he began playing drums and singing […]

Babatunde Olatunji

Babatunde Olatunji

  Babatunde Olatunji Legendary Master Percussionist By B. Michael Williams I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Because the whole world revolves in rhythm, and rhythm is the soul of life, for everything that we do in life is in rhythm. — Babatunde Olatunji Babatunde Olatunji has been hailed […]

Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo

Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo

  Uncle C.K. Ganyo (August 26, 1937 — February 20, 2003) Cornelius Kweku (C. K.) Ganyo, a legendary Ghanaian master drummer dancer, died February 20, 2003 at the age of 65. Many people knew him as Uncle C. K. or Nana C. K., terms of endearment for a man who dedicated his life to preserving […]

Bradley Simmons

Bradley Simmons

Bradley Simmons Percussionist/Educator Bradley Simmons, a native of New York City, began playing Afro-Cuban and African percussion when he was 9 years old. From that point on and through his teenage years, he traveled throughout the City seeking out percussion teachers from Haiti, Cuba and Africa in an effort to enhance his understanding of these […]

Stanley (Stan) George

Stanley (Stan) George

Stanley (Stan) George Master Percussionist Performance Bio Stan George was born in St. Thomas Virgin Islands where he was exposed to Caribbean music.  His family relocated to New York in the early 1950s. They moved to Queens in the late 50s where he began his traditional African and Afro-Cuban percussion training under Chief Bey and […]

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company

The Amazing Grace Company ~ An Inspirational Dance Company Amazing Grace is a company that serves as an outlet for  dancers of all genres with intermediate to professional skill levels. “Serving the world through dance; to feed the soul!” The Amazing Grace Dance Company was formed in 2006 by Kenya M.Griffin, and is the performing […]

Alicia Graf Mack

Alicia Graf Mack

Alicia Graf Mack Alicia Graf Mack is a lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyonce, John Legend, Andre 3000 and most recently, Alicia Keys on […]